Track and Field

Bowie and Gay take home titles, teenager Bromell makes history

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EUGENE, Oregon -- The temperature wasn’t the only hot thing about Friday at Historic Hayward Field, as Tori Bowie and Tyson Gaytorched the track to win the 100 meter titles at the USATF Outdoor Championships.

Bowie (Clermont, Florida) turned in top times in both the semifinals and the final, storming to a windy victory in the second semifinal in 10.72, good for the top spot overall. English Gardner (Los Angeles) won the first semifinal with a wind legal 10.79, a new personal best. In the final, Bowie overcame a slower start to edge out Gardner (10.86) and Oregon redshirt sophomore Jasmine Todd (Chandler, Arizona), who stunned the field with her third-place finish of 10.92. In total, six women ran under 11 seconds, making it the deepest women’s 100-meter final in history. The previous best was five women in 2013.

Tarmoh and Bracy cause sprint upsets in Birmingham – IAAF Diamond League

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Moments after crossing the line in the 200m at the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix, USA’s Jeneba Tarmoh and Allyson Felix were given the same time of 22.29 at the IAAF Diamond League meeting on Sunday (7).

The pair probably felt a slight sense of déjà vu.

Three years earlier at the US Olympic Trials, Tarmoh and Felix had finished joint third in the 100m. With the Olympic berths going to the top three finishers, the training partners had to be separated somehow. After talk of a re-run and even the flipping of a coin, Tarmoh eventually let Felix have the place on the team.

In Birmingham, though, Tarmoh finally gained redemption.

Pichardo still perfect in 2015 after Rome win – IAAF Diamond League

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Pedro Pablo Pichardo stamped his authority on the triple jump competition from his very first jump and ended up improving both the meeting and stadium records with his winning effort of 17.96m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome on Thursday (4).

The 21-year-old Cuban may not yet have surpassed Jonathan Edwards’ long-standing world record of 18.29m but he did beat one of the Briton’s slightly inferior marks, the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea meeting record of 17.60m which had stood since 1998.

Into the bargain, the stadium record – formerly 17.92m and owned by Bulgaria’s Khristo Markov since he won at the 1987 IAAF World Championships – also fell to Pichardo.

Gatlin and Simpson torch the track as 15 world leads set at Nike Prefontaine Classic

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EUGENE, Oregon -- The 41st Nike Prefontaine Classic did not disappoint, as 15 world leads and six meet records went down over two days of action at Historic Hayward Field.

Justin Gatlin (Clermont, Florida) set a new world lead and tied his personal best, cruising to a win in the men’s 200 meters in 19.68, a new meet record. Gatlin was the only man to turn in a sub-20 200m and matched his scorching performance from last year’s Brussels Diamond League meeting on September 5. In that matchup, Gatlin ran 9.77 and 19.68 in the 100m and 200m within an hour of each other. Matching his previous 19.68 keeps Gatlin as the sixth-fastest American man over 200 meters.

Nike Prefontaine Classic boasts bold matchups

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 EUGENE, Oregon -- With a field brimming with Olympians and an atmosphere where sellouts are a near-guarantee, the 41st Nike Prefontaine Classic is set for impressive performances and previews of the USATF Outdoor Championships and IAAF World Championships.

The fourth outdoor stop of the USATF Championship Series and the first domestic Diamond League meeting of 2015, the Nike Prefontaine Classic pits the best in the world against one another in 16 disciplines for Diamond League scoring, along with 13 additional events.